How To Budget A Film Between $700k and $2 Million

Taught by Julie Buck

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Class hosted by: Julie Buck

Film Producer, Photographer and Filmmaker

Instructor Julie Buck is a film producer, photographer, and filmmaker. As a film producer, her work has played at such festivals as Tribeca, South by Southwest, London Film Festival and Sundance. As a line producer and production manager, she has budgeted and scheduled hundreds of independent films and has worked from the early stages of development to seeing films play and sell at major festivals. As a filmmaker and artist, her photography has been exhibited internationally and her experimental shorts have played at over 20 festivals including HotDocs, Hamptons, and Cinequest. Full Bio »


Work with a producer and filmmaker who has played at Sundance, Tribeca and South By Southwest to budget your film between $700K - $2MM to best attract investors and buyers!

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It’s time to take the reins and make your story a reality by producing your independent film!

Independent films that cost between $700K and $2 million are proving to be a fantastic way for up-and-coming filmmakers to get noticed as new paths to distribution grow hungrier daily for more content. Before you start shooting, you must prove on paper that you can produce your story with limited funds. This four-part intensive class guides you through what you need to know, shows you how to avoid rookie mistakes, provides real example budgets for you to learn from, and more.

This exclusive Stage 32 class is an intensive course that will teach you how to budget your film at a price point between $700K and $2 million. This will allow you to have meaningful and productive conversations with investors and production companies. 

Guiding you each week is Julie Buck, a producer and filmmaker whose work has played at festivals including Tribeca, SXSW, London, and Sundance. She has budgeted and scheduled hundreds of independent films.

In each session you’ll learn a vital step in the process of creating your budget, receiving example handouts of real budgets and assignments that will help you put into practice the wealth of information covered.

Over four sessions, you’ll go in-depth on:

  • Transforming a schedule into a budget
  • Above the line vs. below the line costs
  • Scheduling and budgeting software
  • Pros and cons of working with unions
  • How to budget post-production
  • Rookie mistakes and overlooked costs
  • Tax incentives available to you
  • And more

By the end of this intensive course, not only will you have a budget for your own film, but you’ll also have the knowledge to create budgets and schedules for future productions, and handouts to keep and utilize in the future.


Plus! Julie will provide you with exclusive handouts to use for your current and future projects. Downloads include:

  • Sample budget breakdown
  • Rate sheets for your crew and IATSE agreements
  • Rate sheets for your cast and SAG agreements
  • A comprehensive list of festivals to target
  • Sample scripts

Testimonials from Julie's previous Stage 32 Courses:

"I'm so happy I found Julie, she has helped me tremendously in preparing for my new film!" - Christine F.

"Julie has been my favorite teacher on Stage 32 thus far! She's very informative and really cares about helping out her people." - Julia M.

What You'll Learn

SESSION 1 – Breaking Down a Script & Scheduling

  • Learning the basic elements of the script (Locations, Actors, Page Count, etc.) and how they impact the schedule. Learning to flag difficult elements that might sink a film.
  • Breaking down the script into separate elements.
  • Rearranging the Breakdown into a realistic one-liner schedule, including day-out-days and tagging elements that could impact the budget.
  • Discuss the various software available to schedule a film.

Handouts: Sample script and schedule

SESSION 2 – Above the Line (ATL) Budgeting

  • Learning what Above the Line means, including costs for producers, directors, writers, and actors.
  • Discussing important unions and hidden costs of hiring SAG actors on a low-budget film.
  • Finding rate sheets, discussing union fringe costs, Taft Hartleys, and potential agent fees.

Handouts: Rate sheets and sample SAG agreements.

SESSION 3 — Below the Line (BTL) Budgeting

  • Learning what Below the Line means, including costs for crew, equipment, locations, legal fees, insurance etc.
  • Discussing potential unions that might be involved and how that can impact the backend of a budget.
  • Learning about how to create globals and fringes.

Handouts: Rate sheets and sample IATSE agreements.

SESSION 4 – Preparing for the Unexpected

  • Discussing pitfalls of first-time filmmakers’ budgets.
  • Learning ins and outs of state tax incentives and how to build them into a budget.
  • Next steps to getting your film made.


PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 class will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with an executive and an expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good.

  • This class is designed for beginner and intermediate students looking to learn to budget a feature film between $700K-$2MM. This is an in-depth, practical, and detailed class with significantly more content than a standard 90-minute webinar.
  • This class will consist of four sessions, each roughly two hours in duration and spaced one week apart from one another. In addition to the presentation-style lessons, you will have the opportunity to ask questions during each session.
  • Plus, to stay motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the process.

Payment plans are available - please contact for more information.

About Your Instructor

Instructor Julie Buck is a film producer, photographer, and filmmaker. As a film producer, her work has played at such festivals as Tribeca, South by Southwest, London Film Festival and Sundance. As a line producer and production manager, she has budgeted and scheduled hundreds of independent films and has worked from the early stages of development to seeing films play and sell at major festivals. As a filmmaker and artist, her photography has been exhibited internationally and her experimental shorts have played at over 20 festivals including HotDocs, Hamptons, and Cinequest.


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A: Stage 32 Next Level Classes are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the webinar software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
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Q: What if I cannot attend the live class?
A: If you purchase an On-Demand class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.

Q: Will I have access to the class afterward to re-watch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand class, you will have on-demand access to the recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!








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